Civilian Complaint Review Board releases NYPD disciplinary records

Dermot Shea
Photo credit Peter Haskell

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For the first time, the public is getting a look at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board's disciplinary records on NYPD officers.

The CCRB has a searchable database that includes misconduct complaints against 83,000 officers, both current and former. Users can search for disciplinary histories, how the cases were resolved and if there were any penalties.

The cases date back to the year 2000.

The NYPD will post its own trove of information when it launches a dashboard next week.

Chief Matt Pontillo said the dashboard will be like a baseball card for every officer.

"That will include assignment, rank, promotion history, departmental recognition, training and discipline," Pontillo said. "You will see a profile report of every active member of the service."

The police commissioner has the final say on discipline, which raises questions of trust.

Deputy Commissioner John Miller said an outside voice is in impractical.

"When you get to the commissioner and discipline it's a buck stops here theory," Miller said. "I fire officers involved serious misconducts as police commissioner, they appeal that immediately to a board that is influenced by politics, labor unions, so on."

"You cannot run an organization, especially a paramilitary organization such as the NYPD, without the Chief Executive having the responsibility on final disciplinary decisions," Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker said, adding that's how other agencies work.

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